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WORLD NEWS - April 14th, 2011

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原文位置:WORLD NEWS - April 14th, 2011

It is 00:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English.

Western and Arab diplomats have defended international military efforts in Libya. They have also promised more financial, political and humanitarian support for the Libyan opposition. Members of what is being called the Libyan contact group met in Qatar Wednesday to organize international aid for the Libyan people. The group includes representatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries. Diplomats from the United Nations, the Arab League and the African Union were also at the meeting. They agreed to consider temporary financial methods to help the Libyan rebels get and control money. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the actions by nations to protect Libyan civilans are necessary, legal and right.

At least seven people have been killed in violence in Yemen. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators throughout the country are demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Most of the deaths happened in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Witnesses say the president's forces exchanged gunfire with forces loyal to Ali Mohsen, a former army general. Separately, witnesses and medical officials say two people were killed and several injured in Aden. Security forces there fired on anti-government protestors. Officials said the protestors were throwing stones at police as they attempted to remove road blocks.

The Pakistani government has strongly condemned American missile strikes in a tribal area near the Afghan border. The missile strikes by pilotless aircraft killed six suspected militants in south Waziristan Wednesday. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke to parliament about the issue. He said the United States military's use of missile attacks are turning Pakistanis away from their government and causing them to support militants. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry told the American embassy that the attacks are not useful and serve to strengthen militants. The attacks happened two days after Pakistan's intelligence chief met with the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency in Washington. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha asked Leon Panetta to reduce the number of strikes.

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast has promised to return security to his country. He says he will bring to justice those responsible for violence after the elections last year. Mr. Ouattara spoke to reporters Wednesday in Abidjan. He announced that former president Laurent Gbagbo has left the hotel where he was being held. Mr. Ouattara said the former president is now at a secure building somewhere in Ivory Coast. He said Mr. Gbagbo is being treated as a former head of state. But he said legal action has begun against the former president, his wife and close aids. Hundreds of people were killed in violence after Mr. Gbagbo refused to leave power after losing the presidential election last November. Up to one million others were displaced in the violence.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

President Obama has presented a plan, he says aims to reduce the budget deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years. The president's plan would cut government spending and find other savings in the defence budget. It would also reform programs for the elderly, retired workers and poor people. Mr. Obama said he will not extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. He blamed the country's debt problems on spending increases and tax cuts approved under former president George W. Bush. Mr. Obama spoke about his economic plans during a speech at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Croatia has charged two former Yugoslav army officers with war crimes. Government lawyers in the eastern city of Osijek charged army intelligence chief General Aleksandar Vasiljevic and Colonel Miroslav Zivanovic. They accused of operating five prison camps and permitting torture and other unjust treatment of civilians. The incident took place during the war, Balkan ethnic conflict in the 1990s. Court papers say at least 19 people died as a result of torture and many others were seriously injured. They say many women were raped. Lawyers say the charges are based on the investigation of about 250 witnesses.

Leaders from the world's top five growing economise are meeting in China. They are aiming to create a plan for a new period in world finances and politics. The countries are in a group called BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. They are to meet Thursday on the island of Hainan. Officials say they hope to put aside disagreements to form a united effort to help them deal with economic powers like the United States and the European Union. Leaders are expected to discuss issues including the world economic recovery and the conflict in Libya.

A court in San Francisco, California has found former baseball player Barry Bonds guilt of obstructing justice. The jury could not reach an agreement Wednesday on three other charges. Mr. Bonds is accused of lying in court about his reported use of drugs to improve athletic performance. The judge declared a mistrial on the three charges of lying in court. In 2003, Mr. Bonds told a jury that he never knowingly used steroid drugs. Government lawyers say he was lying when he made those statements. Attempts to take legal action against Mr. Bonds have extended over several years.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in Special English.

Western and Arab diplomats have defended international military efforts in Libya. The Pakistani government has strongly condemned American missile strikes near the Afghan border. And President Obama has presented a plan that he says aims to reduce the budget deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years.

That's the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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